tag: mail

Posted by in photography

printic: the app that sends photos (5)

last week, i discovered printic and was immediately enthralled. an app that sends photos to anyone, anytime? yes! you see, i really appreciate this digital world where we can take photos anytime and browse through them on our devices, but sometimes i miss good ol’ hard copy photographs. i miss being able to hold them in my hands, send them in the mail and pin them on my inspiration boards. printic brings together both the digital and tangible worlds by letting us order photographs right from our phone, sending them to anyone in the world.

printic: the app that sends photos (3)

each photograph only costs 99 cents, which includes shipping. they also get delivered within 3 business days! one way in which i hope to use this app is to send snapshots to our grandparents and long distance friends. a lot of times, i feel as though our grandparents are missing out on our life since they aren’t seeing the photos we post around the web, so i think sending them the occasional photo through printic would be really special!

printic: the app that sends photos (4)

head on over to printic to download the app. first time users get 50% off (hence my large pile of photographs)!

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a vintage christmas

November 23, 2010

Posted by in holidays

rifle paper co.

rifle paper co.

even though our homes and hearts are filled with thanksgiving, it’s time to start thinking about christmas cheer as well. soon, we’ll be gathering holiday stamps and begin sending christmas cards to our friends and families, and i love these vintage inspired ones by rifle paper company.  with beautiful typography, pretty colors and scenes reminiscent of a simpler time, these cards are sure to bring back nostalgic memories.

as we all are traveling, cooking and spending time with family, i’ll be taking the rest of the week off to celebrate thanksgiving with our families.  i may be popping in with a post or two, and a possible surprise on friday (wink wink), but until then, i wish you all a beautiful holiday and wonderful times with your loved ones.

happy thanksgiving!

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Posted by in handmade

Confections for your Correspondence just like visiting the fair, paper pastries will leave you with a sweet taste in your mouth and a pretty prize in your hand!  properly put, these ‘confections for your correspondence’ will dress up your snail mail and inspire you to get out your writing pen.  let’s have a revival for pen pal’s, sideways stamps and love letters!

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Posted by in handmade

inkling paper

kayla is a california coast living, one-woman-show behind this beautiful shop, inkling papers. it’s apparent that she loves snail mail, and with these fun and whimsical supplies, how could you not?  she makes cards, notepads, packaging supplies (and so much more) to make your mailings and special occasions whimsical, lovely and unforgettable!

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Posted by in handmade, indie biz

etsy shop help

one of the first things you do when you set up a new shop is outline you policies- shipping being one of the most important ones.  today we’re going to talk about shipping- and if you haven’t written your policies yet, etsy’s seller handbook has a great section on seller how-to’s for shipping that will help you get started!

love note

etsy released this article recently- that has tons of great info in it- i’m summarizing it here for you plus adding a few of my favorite shipping features!  customer service is of the upmost importance on etsy.  good communication along with clear policies, prompt shipping and thoughtful packaging will do wonders for getting you off on the right foot.  to begin- here are some general shipping guidlines for the following countries:

usps mailing and shipping guidelines

canada post shipping products and services for your business

united kingdom royal mail tool kit

printable PDF shipping guide from australia post

la poste (france) shipping guidelines and customs guidelines

postman paper doll

calculating weight and rates:

depending on the service you use, you may have to calculate your weights.  us first class mail uses weights to ship, while priority mail depends on the type of envelop you use.  having a measuring tape and a shipping scale like this one makes your job of shipping (and correctly calculating the cost of shipping) a breeze!  once you know the weight of you package (and possibly the dimensions) you can use the following calculators to accurately calculate the rate.

usps shipping calculator

canada post – find a rate

uk royal mail – price find

australian postage assessment calculator

up and away clipboard

holiday shipping

the holiday hustle and bustle can make shipping deadlines a bit stressful.  use these shipping deadlines provided by your postal service to make sure your items will arrive on time.  this would also be great to refer your customers to!

usps – 2009 holiday mailing dates

canada post – holiday suggested mailing dates

uk last posting dates

australia, international post guide

waiting for the post man

shipping internationally

etsy just announced that as of november 2009, 30% of all etsy transactions are across borders- how exciting!  but, if you haven’t shipped much internationally before- it can be a bit of a learning curve. here’s a few quick guides:

usps international delivery services

canada post international shipping products and services

uk royal mail’s international delivery options

australia post international services

if you find yourself constantly going to the post office to fill out customs forms, make sure to check out endicia.comendicia allows you to print shipping labels online- along with their customs forms!  printing all your information and printing at home makes shipping internationally so much easier.

ladyship print

customs forms

personally, customs forms tend to get a little tedious for me, but if your shipping overseas you’ll have to include one.  make sure not to mark your package as a ‘gift’- if it’s an item that you sold.  filling out customs forms appropriately will help prevent your packaged from getting held up in customs.  although international shipping goes smoothly most of the time, make sure your customers know that you cannot be responsible for items held up in customs.  it’s just nearly impossible to track a package once it leaves your country.

your customer should also be aware that they are responsible for any additional fees charged by customs- let them know by adding it to your policies page.

love letters

etsy provides this great information about customs forms:

  • In the U.S. you’ll need a green CN 22 customs form which you can pick up at the post office or order for free from USPS.com.
  • In Canada, refer to this link on the Canada Post website. Terrain adds, “For U.S. and International Xpresspost and Expedited parcel services, fill out the ‘Customs Declaration’ section of the shipping label. For U.S. Small Packet/Light Packet, CN22 Customs Label (white for SP, green for LP).”
  • PeculiarForest notes that for UK sellers, “Customs forms will need to be filled out at the post office if parcels are being sent outside of the European Union.” Memake notes that you may also download a PDF form from the Royal Mail website here.
  • Australians need the green forms available from your post office for free.

fly free necklace

paypal shipping labels

for your customers that use paypal to purchase their items, printing shipping labels can be a breeze!  as long as you can calculate the weight of your item, you can print your labels right at home, then just drop them off at the post office or have them picked up (below).  even if your customer didn’t use paypal, you can still print their labels by creating them yourself using their multi order shipping tool- you can read more about that here.  there are also a few forum’s that can be very helpful when considering shipping w/ paypal: ‘how to ship with paypal‘ and ‘do you prefer paypal shipping’.

bon voyage banner

package pickup

finally, when your shipping out even a few times a week- running back and forth to the post office can get tiring.  there are a number of ways that you can let your mail carrier come to you!  thus, shipping your items without ever leaving the house (imagine that!).  here are the options for usps pickup: usps pickup options and a forum that helps explains it: click ‘n ship, paypal, package pick-up.

no homework! i think there are plenty of links above to keep you busy! what’s been your experience?

love, bonnie

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